A Change in Direction…..

I’ve posted about this on Facebook, and on Twitter, so most of you probably already know that I have decided not to make any more babywearing bags.

Why?

I know that when I tell  people that I am stopping , they are bemused. Most of them ask Why? Was business not good? And when I tell them that business was in fact very good and that I had a waiting list of people whom I had to disappoint…well, their enquiring expressions become even more puzzled.

The easiest way for me to explain why I have stopped making the bags is to say that I was bored with them. I have been making bags for almost three years, and it just doesn’t float my creative boat any more! I crave variety, and you just can’t get that when you make the same things every day.

Also, I guess, I have just outgrown the whole babywearing scene. My own children are now 9 and 11, and they are huge!! So babywearing is a pretty distant memory for me…. It gets harder every day to answer customers who want to know how to adjust their bag in just the right way to wear with a sling, when the truth is that I haven’t carried my own babies for over 5 years!

So, where now?

This is the question that I keep asking myself – and honestly, I have no real idea yet. I know that I love free-hand embroidery using my sewing machine – so I will be doing more of that.

Some hoops that I sewed for Christmas last year.

Some hoops that I sewed for Christmas last year.


I have also started making a few feathery little friends – so more of those are on the agenda too!

These cheeky blackbirds are made from plain black fabric and embroidered using free-hand embroidery in black and silver thread.

These cheeky blackbirds are made from plain black fabric and embroidered using free-hand embroidery in black and silver thread.

This quirky little bird measures approximately 10cm tall. She is made from a pattern by Ann Wood.

This quirky little bird measures approximately 10cm tall. She is made from a pattern by Ann Wood.

 

 

Oh, and I can’t forget my mirror-making machine 😀

These are already proving popular as teacher's gifts for the end of term.

These are already proving popular as teacher’s gifts for the end of term.

The good news is that I am back to loving sewing again – for the first time in quite a long time! I feel as though I am bobbing along like a piece of flotsam floating on the sea, and am just enjoying seeing how things develop 🙂

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